This post is sponsored by Under Armour & ShopStyle Collective.
My trick for staying active in the cold? Or, heck, my trick for having any kind of fun outside when it’s cold?
Wear base layers under everything.
Obviously base layers play a major role in any robust ski or snowshoeing kit, but I’ve found that they’re just as useful under jeans and a sweater on really cold days. (And base layers are an easy way to make ripped jeans cold-weather appropriate too.)
Under Armour Base Layers Are Perfect For Cold After-School Ice Skating
The base layers that my entire family swears by (Mike, the kids, me) are from Under Armour. In addition to the classic, wicking base layer, Under Armour does this genius thing where there’s basically a rating system to support different levels of activity in the cold: UA Base 2.0 layers are built for high activity in really cold weather, UA Base 3.0 layers are built for very cold weather and moderate activity, and UA Base 4.0 layers are built for extreme cold and moderate activity.
It turns out that the UA Base 4.0 layers are perfect for skiing in subzero temps. Sure, you might get a little sweaty on the way down, but we’re always pretty happy to be wearing them on the long chairlift up (and they wick that sweat off our skin nicely too).
But it’s the UA Base 2.0 base layers that we wear the most often. And this is the clothing I’ll layer under ripped jeans, my sweaters or a cozy fleece jacket when I want to make a cute outfit a little warmer.
Under Armour has been running a pretty epic Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale (30% off freaking everything), and — SURPRISE! — it’s been extended for one more day. If you haven’t yet figured out all of your winter gear, allow me to put in a quick plug for the Under Armour base layers.
And, while you’re there, maybe take a peek at its outerwear too. Under Armour puffer coats are legitimately warm (we’ve tested them over the years in those subzero temps I mentioned — this the jacket Raines loved), and definitely don’t miss this cropped hoodie (I’ve been wearing it with leggings and high-rise flares) or…this FLEECE:
Pax and I snuck over to Dilworth Plaza to do a little ice skating after school. We’re in those in-between weeks where his fall sports have ended but his winter sports haven’t started up, and man, that kid needs to get his energy out. Anyway, Dilworth Plaza is one of my very favorite spots in Philly, especially during the holidays. But it’s one of those scenarios where I like to look cute while staying warm.
Also, Pax is as big as me now? NOOOOOO.
Neither of us are amazing ice skaters. I grew up skating from time to time (especially if the lake froze over just right), and Pax just decided one day that he was going to skate until he figured it out. We’ve been bringing him to this tiny rink for years. Frankly, I’d forgotten that the best time to go is right after school (shhhhh).
Of course, right next to the rink there’s a cozy little bar/restaurant right there where you can get hot apple cider, hot chocolate (spiked or not), as well as a little food. It’s a pretty perfect little setup.
Cheers to cute AND comfortable.
A huge thank you to Under Armour for sponsoring this post! We’re such big fans — I love anything that helps us get outside more often. As always, all product choices, thoughts and opinions are my own. And, readers, thank you for your continued support. It doesn’t go unnoticed and is so very much appreciated!
photo credits: Redfield Photography